Borderline Personality Disorder

Journey from middle class to homeless

The trauma of her attack heaped emotional stress onto Jane, who suffers from borderline personality disorder, a mental health condition that makes her emotions turbulent and often results in strained relationships with other people.

Journey from middle class to homeless

Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00 am
By Amanda Browning Daily News

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a multi-part series delving into one family’s journey from middle class to homelessness. The name of the family has been changed to protect their identity.

GREENSBURG – Homelessness is a situation many don’t think happens where they live. In the past, homelessness was something people from small towns didn’t see or hear about. It was a problem for big cities with huge populations.

However, recent years have been hard for everyone and the economic depression has brought the issue of homelessness to Decatur County. While homelessness is something that few people can comprehend, let alone imagine without experiencing it first-hand, a local family, we will call them the ‘Smiths’, have agreed to share their story with the Daily News in an effort to bring the topic into light.

The family of four, mother Jane, father Tom, and daughters 14-year-old Mary and 22-year-old Elizabeth, have been homeless since the end of January 2013. They previously lived a middle-class life, but a series of unfortunate events and mistakes put them in a hole from which they cannot escape on their own.

One of the events that set them on the path to homelessness occurred in 2003 when Jane suffered a brutal attack while at work. She was the victim of a rape, assault and burglary that left her mentally and physically scarred.


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